This is becoming a must-see on the arts calendar.By Chalpat Sonti
It’s only been going two years but Art Beyond the Divide is already proving a show not to be missed.
About 200 works by local artists were on display at the exhibition at GoTafe Seymour at the weekend. They were a showcase of the best creative talent and proved a hit with buyers as well as viewers.
Apart from a weekend of good art, good food (courtesy of Shearers restaurant) and good music (by the likes of Katie Howard), there was also a great atmosphere.
The show got underway on Friday night, with an excellent crowd on hand for the opening and awards presentation. On Sunday Stephen McCall’s work Cooling Little Feet, Singapore won the People’s Choice award.
The Seymour and District Art Society, GoTafe and all the sponsors are to be congratulated on an event Seymour can be proud of.AWARD WINNERS
RACV most outstanding artwork: Wendy Webster Sheep Sale.
Isobel Robinson Memorial Award: Lynda Robinson Trawool Afternoon.
Seymour Toyota best acrylic: Stephen McCall High Plains Survivor.
LP Warren Homes best oil: Leonie Gabrielle Bali Song.
Seymour Coaches best watercolour: Paul Casey Frank.
IGA Seymour best pastel: Lynda Robinson Trawool Creek in Flood.
Seymour and District Art Society best any other medium: Liz Mansfield Dawn on the Simpson.
Burgess Signs best local content: Jayne Henderson Kilmore.
Hall’s Showcase Jewellers young artist award: Emily McInerney The Bird and the Trees (picture on Page 11).
Yea Custom Picture framing People’s Choice Award: Stephen McCall Cooling Little Feet, Singapore.
Highly commended: Margaret Morgan Along a Rural Road, Geoff Paynter Granite Country Harcourt, Coral Ruffin Summer Storm.
Modern pop culture got interpreted as well - in this case Simpsons Having Fun by Bruce Simpkins.
Tranquil Trawool Afternoon won Lynda Robinson the Isobel Robinson award.
Katrina Kim-Worley of RACV presented Wendy Webster with the prize for most outstanding artwork in show.
Leonie Gabrielle with her best oil winner Bali Song.
Liz Mansfield with her best other medium winner Dawn on the Simpson.
Lynda Robinson after being presented with the Isobel Robinson award by Marian Pearce.
Trawool Creek in Flood won Lynda Robinson best pastel.
Sheep Sale by Wendy Webster won most outstanding artwork in show.
Graeme Dove of award sponsor Seymour Toyota with the best acrylic High Plains Survivor by Stephen McCall.
People's Choice winner Cooling Little Feet, Singapore, with artist Stephen McCall.
Those who attended Art Beyond the Divide had almost 300 paintings to cast their eyes over.
Best watercolour went to Paul Casey for Frank.
Jayne Henderson with her best local content winner Kilmore.
Margaret Morgan won a highly commended for Along a Rural Road.
Geoff Paynter won a highly commended for Granite Country Harcourt.
Summer Storm won Coral Ruffin a highly commended.
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